Habroteleia flavipes Kieffer

Chen, Hua-yan, Talamas, Elijah J., Masner, Lubomir & Johnson, Norman F., 2018, Revision of the world species of the genus Habroteleia Kieffer (Hymenoptera, Platygastridae, Scelioninae), ZooKeys 730, pp. 87-122: 88-90

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Habroteleia flavipes Kieffer


Habroteleia flavipes Kieffer  Figures 6, 11-16, 17-22, 23-28, 29-34, 35-40, 88

Habroteleia flavipes  Kieffer, 1905: 15 (original description, keyed); Kieffer 1926: 363 (description, keyed); Bin 1974: 455 (type information); Johnson 1992: 399 (cataloged, type information).

Habroteleia browni  Crawford, 1910: 125 (original description); Kieffer 1926: 363, 364 (description, keyed); Baltazar 1966: 177 (cataloged, synonymy, type information, distribution); Masner and Muesebeck 1968: 37 (type information); Johnson 1992: 399 (cataloged, type information), syn. n.



Chrestoteleia Bakeri  Kieffer, 1913: 389 (original description); Kelner-Pillault 1958: 150 (type information); Johnson 1992: 399 (type information), syn. n.



Chrestoteleia bakeri  Kieffer: Kieffer, 1926: 443 (description, keyed); Baltazar 1966: 177 (junior synonym of Habroteleia browni  Crawford); Baltazar 1966: 182 (cataloged, type information, distribution).

Habroteleia bakeri  (Kieffer): Baltazar 1961: 395 (generic transfer, diagnosis).

Habroteleia bharatensis  Saraswat, 1978: 7 (original description); Mani and Sharma 1982: 167 (description); Johnson 1992: 398 (cataloged), syn. n.



Triteleia kotturensis  Sharma, 1981: 447 (original description), syn. n.



Habroteleia kotturensis  (Sharma): Mani and Sharma 1982: 168 (description, generic transfer); Johnson 1992: 399 (cataloged, type information)


Body length of female: 4.36-4.72 mm (n=20). Body length of male: 4.15-4.52 mm (n=20). Length of A3 in male: longer than A2. Punctation of frons above antennal scrobe: dense. Sculpture of antennal scrobe: punctate rugose to smooth. Central keel: absent. Sculpture of ventrolateral frons: punctate rugose. Occipital carina: complete. Sculpture of posterior vertex: densely punctate to punctate rugose. Sculpture of gena: densely punctate to punctate rugose. Sculpture of occiput: punctate rugose.

Color of mesosoma: black. Sculpture of dorsal pronotal area: punctate rugose. Sculpture of lateral pronotal area: densely punctate. Sculpture of netrion: anterior half rugulose, posterior half smooth. Setae of netrion: dense throughout. Sculpture of notaulus: contiguously punctate. Sculpture of mesoscutal midlobe: largely punctate rugose, with a medial furrow and smooth areas laterally. Sculpture of lateral lobe of mesoscutum: sparsely punctate. Sculpture of lateral propodeal area: rugose. Setation of mesoscutellum: dense. Sculpture of mesoscutellum: coarsely punctate rugose. Median propodeal projection: short. Mesopleural carina: distinct. Sculpture of mesepisternum anteroventral to mesopleural depression: punctate rugose. Sculpture of dorsal metapleural area: smooth to rugulose. Sculpture of ventral metapleural area: punctate rugose. Setation of ventral metapleural area: dense. Color of legs: orange-yellow to dark brown; dark brown to black. Sculpture of hind coxa: densely punctate.

Color of metasoma: black; black with T3-T4 and S2-S5 partly brown to yellow. T1 horn in female: present. Sculpture of posterior margin of T1 in female: densely longitudinally striate, punctate rugulose in interstices. Transverse sulcus on T2: present. Sculpture of T2-T5: densely longitudinally striate, with fine punctures in interstices. Sculpture of T6 in female: densely longitudinally striate, with fine punctures in interstices. Length of T6 in female: distinctly longer than wide. Apex of T6 in female: round. Sculpture of S2: longitudinally striate rugose. Sculpture of T1 in male: densely longitudinally striate, punctate rugulose in interstices. Male T8 apical spine: present.


This species is most similar to H. persimilis  but can be distinguished by its short median propodeal projection and longitudinally striate T6 in female.

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Material examined.

Holotype of Habroteleia flavipes  Kieffer, female: INDONESIA: Sumatera Utara Prov., Sumatra Isl., Pangherang Pisang, X.1890 - III.1891, E. Modigliani, MCSN 0001 (deposited in MCSN). Holotype of Habroteleia bharatensis  Saraswat, female: INDIA: West Bengal St., 16.4, Poro North, 6. IV– 24.IV.1976, M. S. Mani, USNMENT01197132 (deposited in USNM). Syntype of Chrestoteleia bakeri  Kieffer, female: PHILIPPINES: Laguna Prov., Los Baños, no date, Baker, ANIC DB 32-020728 (deposited in ANIC). Syntype of Chrestoteleia Bakeri  Kieffer, female: PHILIPPINES: Laguna Prov., Los Baños, no date, Baker, MNHN 0013 (deposited in MNHN). Holotype of Habroteleia browni  Crawford, female: PHILIPPINES: Metropolitan Manila Reg., Manila, no date, R. Brown, USNM Type No. 12894 (deposited in USNM). Holotype of Triteleia kotturensis  Sharma, female: INDIA: Kerala St., 24.8, Kottur, 4.X.1980, M. S. Mani et al., USNMENT01197074 (deposited in USNM). Other material: (137 females, 79 males, 1 unknown) BANGLADESH: 2 females, OSUC 688056-688057 ( CNCI). BRUNEI: 1 female, OSUC 232932 ( BPBM). CAMBODIA: 1 female, OSUC 232935 ( BPBM). CHINA: 23 females, 7 males, OSUC 232920 ( BPBM); SCAU 2010100389, 2010100402, 2010100419, 2010100431, 2010100437, 2010100445-2010100446, 2010100459, 2010100464, 2010100495, 2010100497, 2010100499, 2010100502, 2010100504-2010100505, 2010100508-2010100512, 2010100514, 2010100517-2010100518, 2010100521-2010100522, 2010100524-2010100526, 2010100552 ( SCAU). INDIA: 1 male, OSUC 688053 ( CNCI). INDONESIA: 58 females, 23 males, OSUC 232906 ( BPBM); OSUC 687960-688009, 688014-688041 ( CNCI); OSUC 58007-58008 ( OSUC). LAOS: 2 females, 3 males, OSUC 687955-687959 ( CNCI). MALAYSIA: 23 females, 26 males, OSUC 232907-232914, 232916-232919, 232923, 232931, 232933-232934, 232937, 246583 ( BPBM); OSUC 687944-687954, 688058-688059 ( CNCI); OSUC 491881-491896, 536427 ( OSUC); OSUC 179084 ( UCDC). PHILIPPINES: 1 female, 3 males, OSUC 232925-232928 ( BPBM). SOUTH KOREA: 7 females, 2 males, 1 unknown, OSUC 687939 ( CNCI); USNMENT01335741, 01335743-01335745, 01335747-01335749 ( FSCA); USNMENT01335740, 01335742 ( OSUC). SRI LANKA: 1 male, OSUC 688055 ( CNCI). THAILAND: 16 females, 13 males, OSUC 232921-232922, 232924 ( BPBM); OSUC 688042, 688049-688051 ( CNCI); OSUC 321998-322002, 370249, 374199-374201, 381766-381770, 688080-688087 ( OSUC). VIETNAM: 3 females, OSUC 232915 ( BPBM); OSUC 688052 ( CNCI); OSUC 284756 ( OSUC).


The metasomal color in H. flavipes  varies from entirely dark brown to having T3-T4 and S2-S5 mostly yellow, apparently without any correlation with geography. In males, the length of the spine at the apex of T8 varies from short to long, but it is always present.